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How Lidl learnt to be less German in the UK

[ad_1] Image copyright Lidl Image caption Lidl opened its first store in the UK in 1994 Lidl, along with its fellow German discounter Aldi, might be growing strongly in the UK right now but it wasn't always that way. Its former UK boss, Ronny Gottschlich, says that in the early years the discounters were really small players."If anything it was considered to be a poor man's shop. The German discount
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‘Killer car seats’ sold online for £8

[ad_1] Image copyright Which? Children's car seats, dubbed "killers" by trading standards officers, have repeatedly appeared for sale on online marketplaces, Which? has warned.The consumer group said the fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offered almost no protection in a crash and were illegal to use in the UK.The online sites - Amazon, eBay and AliExpress - all said they had removed the seats from sale.But Which?
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Sexual harassment: ‘I was terrified to report it’

[ad_1] Image copyright Shai Dolev Image caption Vault founders Neta Meidav (l) and Rotem Hayoun-Meidav believe there's "strength in numbers" When Neta Meidav was sexually harassed at work aged 22, she felt it was easier to quit her job than report it to human resources. But more than a decade later, the #MeToo movement came along, kicked off by rape and sexual harassment accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.It quickly
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Carlos Ghosn and Japan’s ‘hostage justice’ system

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Things are looking tricky for Mr Ghosn Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's former chairman, has now spent three months in jail and faces many more. Japan's former chief prosecutor was, until he unexpectedly resigned on Wednesday, his lawyer, and has declared Mr Ghosn to be a victim of "hostage justice". It is a term few outside Japan will have heard of until now, but what does
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Trade war: Trump ‘could extend’ deadline for deal with China

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has said he could extend the 1 March deadline to reach a trade deal with China if they are making good progress.Chinese and US officials will hold high-level talks this week aimed at halting their damaging trade war. US officials previously said 1 March was a hard deadline for achieving a deal to avert further tariffs.Both countries have imposed duties on
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Government sued over no-deal ferry contracts

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP The government is being sued for its decision to charter firms to run extra ferries, including one with no ships, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel, said the contracts, revealed after Christmas, were decided in a "secretive and flawed procurement process".The move comes days after Seaborne, one of the firms chosen, had its contract axed after its funding fell through.The government said
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Ban zero-hours contracts that exploit workers, says TUC

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images People on zero-hour contracts are more than twice as likely to work night shifts, and are paid a third less an hour than other workers, the TUC says.After polling 3,287 workers - 300 of them zero-hour staff - it concluded the "exploitative" system should be banned.It says the flexibility such contracts offer are only "good for employers".But the government said a ban would "impact more
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What effect has Brexit had on the UK economy?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Economic growth has not been disastrous, but nor has it been sparkling There may still be more than a month to go until Brexit is scheduled to happen, but there has already been some fallout from the decision to leave. Most recently, the prolonged uncertainty - what the governor of the Bank of England refers to as the "Brexit fog" - appears to be
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Sir Philip Green ‘paid employee £1m over harassment claims’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Sir Philip Green paid a female employee more than £1m to keep quiet after she accused him of kissing and groping her, the Daily Telegraph has reported.The paper said the senior female employee was one of five members of staff who signed gagging orders after being bullied or harassed.It reported a black male executive also received £1m after Sir Philip said he was "throwing spears
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Jeff Bezos: Amazon boss accuses National Enquirer of blackmail

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters The world's richest man, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, has accused the National Enquirer's owner of trying to blackmail him over lewd pictures.Mr Bezos said the magazine's parent company American Media Inc (AMI) wanted him to drop an investigation into how it obtained his private messages.Mr Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, said last month they were getting divorced.Their announcement came just before the National Enquirer carried reports